Why Is Andrew Yang Wearing a Math Pin During the Debate?

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Andrew Yang is wearing a pin during the Democratic debate that just says “MATH” and it’s getting a lot of attention on social media. This is the fourth debate in a row where Yang has worn his MATH pin. Yang has been known for taking a unique approach to how he dresses for the debates, such as avoiding ties, which helps him stand out as an entrepreneur among a sea of politicians. His math pin tonight is no exception. Here’s what it means.


This is the Fourth Debate Where Yang Has Worn His MATH Pin

Yang was wearing the MATH pin because “MATH” is one of his debate slogans. He wore it during the October debate, the November debate, again in the December debate, and now in February.

Yang often refers to himself as “the Asian guy who’s good with math” and says that this distinction makes him the opposite of President Donald Trump.

In fact, one of his big merchandise items that his supporters love is a cap that just reads MATH.

What you might not realize is that MATH doesn’t just mean mathematics. It also stands for Make America Think Harder.

Last October when he wore the MATH pin, it also just happened to be World Maths Day, which was another reason he chose to wear the pin. His account tweeted about World Maths Day during the debate in October.

His supporters call themselves the Yang Gang and Yang often uses “Math” as his slogan because the 44-year-old entrepreneur likes to solve problems with math. He studied economics at Brown University and then obtain a law degree from Columbia University School of Law. For the last eight years, he’s run Venture for America and is the CEO and founder.

People on Twitter comment on Yang’s MATH lapel during every debate.

Yang’s known for setting his own trends during the debates, such as not wearing a tie. But his Math Pin is really getting a lot of attention.

Yang is perhaps one of the most unique candidates in a crowded Democratic primary race. His platform includes Medicare for All, requiring all police officers to wear cameras, paid family leave, media fragmentation, a call for UBI (Universal Basic Income), which he refers to as the Freedom Dividend, and more. The idea of a UBI has many supporters, including Elon Musk. Yang has said that a UBI will be necessary as America becomes increasingly automated. In fact, a phrase he often uses is “The Robots Are Coming,” based off Game of Thrones‘ “Winter Is Coming” phrase.

Although he doesn’t plan to make public college tuition-free, he will help students pay for college with a 10×10 Student Loan Emancipation Plan. He wants to expand vocational training and he supports Medicare for All, paid family leave, and creating a path to citizenship. You can read all about his policies on his detailed webpage here.

Throughout his campaign, his supporters have been growing and his rallies have been well attended. In April 2019, at least 2,000 people attended his rally in Los AngelesAccording to NBC, about 3,000 to 4,000 people were there. Yang’s campaign noted in a press release that a crowd of 2,000 attended the rally.